Date Made/Found: 1550-1069 BC
Material and Medium: Steatite
Dimensions: Overall: 15 x 10 x 20mm (9/16 x 3/8 x 13/16in.)
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Accession Number: J220.127.116.11
This is an ancient Egyptian scarab amulet. On the underside, it has hieroglyphs including the symbol for 'estate of'.
Ancient Egyptians thought the sun was rolled across the sky by the scarab beetle god Khepri in the same way actual beetles rolled dung balls along. Scarab beetles lay their eggs inside a dung ball so it seemed like the young beetles were miraculously born from the dung. Amulets in the form of these beetles symbolised rebirth.
People wore amulets as jewellery over their clothing and attached them to mummy wrappings after death for protection. Amulets came in many shapes, sizes and materials.
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